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Tuesday

 

Amelia Volpe

 

“Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”

-Proverbs 13:20

College is difficult, there’s no doubt about that. There’s a flood of new things to try and no parental supervision, and it’s so easy to get overwhelmed or to make decisions that you later regret! With so many options, we often have trouble discerning what’s right and what’s wrong! Thank goodness we have the Bible, because it gives some pretty great advice! In Proverbs, we are reminded that the wisdom of those around us is a great resource! Even when our temptations seem unique, there’s usually someone who’s gone through something similar and has wisdom to share. So often God speaks to us through other people, so it’s important that we find those people and listen to God’s wisdom coming from them. There are a lot of temptations on and off campus, and usually they sound really, really appealing. Fortunately, God is also prevalent, and we know that His wisdom and love are so much greater than anything sin has to offer!

 

God, thank you for the incredible opportunity that is college! Help me to grow in discernment and wisdom, and to navigate through all of these temptations. Thank you for providing me with people who love you and are willing to share their experiences and your wisdom with me! In your name always, amen.

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Saturday

 

Hannah Alford

“…God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and have our being…”

-Acts 17: 24-28

 

What are you doing on a daily basis to honor God and how are you developing that relationship? Trust me, these are not easy questions and I wish I had an answer on the best way to do it, but I don’t. Too often we punish ourselves at the thought of not going to church or making a not so good decision at a swap. That we forget at the end of the day, God wants us to come to him with open arms, not shame and regret. In college there are so many temptations around you that pull you away from God. Worshiping your Instagram feed or Rounders routine, the list is endless. But you are strong, you are loved, and God is not far away to bring you back home with open arms when you live faithfully with the Lord.

 

Hey God!

Thank you so much for this day and the opportunity we have on this campus to spread your love on a daily basis. Remind us that you are never far from us. Pick up us when we stray from you and draw our hearts closer with your overwhelming love. Let us live faithfully in you and be for us a reminder that we are made by you in love and acceptance. Let us bring glory to you on this campus Almighty God, now and forever.

Amen!

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Thursday

Ruth Hallstead

Micah 6:6-8

There’s a lot of information out there today. And quite a bit of nonsense. From misquoted bible verses, stories taken out of context and just assumed fallacies regarding Christianity and the bible. It can be incredibly easy to lose track of what is true and what’s not. However, there are some very simple ways to avoid this, because God didn’t make things to complicated for us. In this passage, Micah is outlining to the people what they need to do to come back to the Lord. He turns their old vies of complex rituals and major sacrifices to say simply that God is looking for something more genuine. To “act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly” with Him is all he’s looking for. While that in itself is difficult to accomplish, it’s not hard to understand. When the world threatens to overwhelm you or there seems to be too much information to wade through, focus on this verse, and you’ll know what to do.

Lord, thank you for the instructions you give us. I want to follow you, to walk humbly in Your way. Sometimes I fail Lord. Sometimes I mistake the words of others for Your words. Please forgive me for wandering and lead me back to You. Help me to see Your way and keep my eyes where they belong. Guide me as I try to act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with You this week. Amen

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Tuesday

Charlie Warren

Romans 12:2 CEB: “Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you can figure out what God’s will is—what is good and pleasing and mature.”

For many, college is a time of discovery, of both oneself and of the world around them. Throughout this process of discovery, a student is exposed to new people, cultures, ideas, and practices, which hopefully cumulate into experiences that transform the student into a developed and informed thinker. Unfortunately, sometimes the things we’re exposed to are tempting to embrace but may not be the best thing for us. Whether it be the freedom we have away from home to stay up until 3am watching Netflix, or that group of friends that you really want to be a part of, but may do somethings you’re not comfortable with, it’s often hard to turn away from the temptations that surround us. To not only find out the path God has for us, but to also stick to that path, we must allow ourselves to embrace God and His teachings so that we can be transformed by them.

God, allow me to be transformed by you, so that I might not only be shown the plan you have for me, but the way I need to live to follow it. Help me discern Your will and the will of the people around me, so that I may be sure in the choices I make.

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Monday

Ruth Hallstead

Esther 4:8-16

In college, peer pressure is everywhere, and it can be very easy to fall prey to it. Come out with us tonight, you’re fine to drive, you can finish that paper tomorrow, just skip class this once… whether relatively harmless or downright dangerous, pressure is a problem. However, we have the power to say no. To stand up for what is right no matter what. In this verse, Esther is not in a place with much power. She’s basically a slave (albeit a pampered one) to the king, yet her people’s lives are on the line (check out her story if you get a minute, it’s awesome), so she takes a bold step and pleads with the king on behalf of her people… and she’s successful! And guess what, the same God that had her back has your back! No matter where you stand, you have the support you need to live the life God wants you to live, and you should never forget that.

Lord, guide me this day to live as you ask me to live. Help me to know how and when to say no. Lead me to be like Esther and have the courage to do what’s right no matter what I’m facing. Thank you for the power and strength you’ve given me and continue to give me. In Your name, Amen.

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Friday 8/31

Amelia Volpe

Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him and He will make your paths straight”

A lot of times when we face a crossroads, we start to overthink things. Which way is best for me? Which is the most familiar? What will the consequences be if I choose wrong? It’s so easy to get caught up in our thoughts. Fortunately, we have God to shake us out of that and set us on the right path. These two verses in Proverbs tell us that it’s not our own understanding that will carry us forward, by God. If we listen to God and follow His guidance, He will never let us down and will never lead us down the wrong path. As school starts to get busier and our lives more difficult, we need to rely on God to take us in the right direction.

God, please remind me to always listen to you and seek your guidance when I’m facing difficult choices. Even if the right path isn’t easy, help me to follow it to You. Each and every day, help me remember that your wisdom far exceeds my own.